Advisory Committees


Forest Health Collaboration


Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)

In 2000, Congress signed the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Public Law 106- 393), also known as Payments to Counties, to provide support for counties that have historically depended on income from federal timber programs.

The national forest works with a resource advisory committee to select projects available for funding under Title II of the act. These projects may be proposed by individuals, non-profit organizations, local governments, or others and must restore watersheds, decommission or maintain roads, control noxious weeds, or otherwise improve the condition of the Forest. Proposed projects need not be implemented on Forest Service lands, but must show benefit to national forest resources.

In 2015, Congress passed a two-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools Act. The Allegheny National Forest is working with the public, communities, and partners to identify projects to receive funding under Title II of the act.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack recently appointed 12 local citizens to serve on the Allegheny National Forest’s Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). The ANF is still seeking three other interested people from Forest County to complete the fifteen-member committee.